Rahul visits dalit girl in Kanpur hospital, main accused held

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited the Hallet Hospital here to meet the 16-year-old dalit girl maimed for resisting a rape attempt.

Kanpur: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday
visited the Hallet Hospital here to meet the 16-year-old dalit
girl maimed for resisting a rape attempt and promised all
assistance to her, even as the main accused in the case was
arrested in Fatehpur.

Assuring her family members that she would get justice,
Gandhi gave her parents his office phone number and asked them
to contact him whenever they faced any problem.

The Congress general secretary went to the Intensive Care
Unit, where the girl is undergoing treatment after her nose,
ear and a part of hand were slashed by three youths when she
thwarted their attempt to outrage her modesty in Bindaki area
in Fatehpur district.

Gandhi first enquired about her condition from her
attending doctors and then spoke to her parents outside the

Later, the girl`s father Badlu Ram told reporters that
Gandhi heard the details of the incident and asked him if she
was facing any problem in her treatment.

Gandhi asked accompanying UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna
Joshi to keep a watch on her medicare.

The teenager suffered a dozen deep gashes on her face,
head and hand and was rushed to the Fatehpur district hospital
from where she was referred to Hallet Hospital here in a
serious condition.

Outside the hospital, Congress workers raised slogans
against the Mayawati government and clashed with police, who
used lathis to chase them away. Six persons, including three
journalists, were injured.

The youths - Shivom, Hari Shanker and Pawan - had forcibly
dragged her on Saturday when she had gone out for some work in
a field and tried to rape her.

Main accused Shivom (25) was arrested today in Fatehpur
and the axe used in the incident recovered, Superintendent of
Police Ram Bharose told reporters.

This is the second arrest in the case after Harishanker
was nabbed yesterday. The third accused is still absconding.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mayawati is reaching here
tomorrow and is likely to meet the girl.

The Chief Minister was earlier scheduled to arrive here on
February 13 to review the progress of development works.

Kanpur District Magistrate Mukesh Meshram said Mayawati
has changed her programme and will come tomorrow. But, he said
he had no information as to whether she will meet the girl.

Meanwhile, a sobbing Badlu Ram told PTI that no girl
should be allowed to undergo the pain suffered by his daughter
and demanded stringent punishment to the guilty so that it
could act as a deterrent for other wrong-doers in future.

The girl`s mother could not control her tears when she
said, "My humble prayer is my only daughter should be saved."


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